MOTHER’S Day is not supposed to be disappointing, but that’s how Carmel Cuthbertson of Hastings felt when she discovered her mobility scooter had been stolen overnight, Sunday 9 May.
The Pride three-wheeler, which is also Ms Cuthbertson’s pride and joy, is red with grey tyres. It has a basket on the front and carrier bag behind.
Husband Ian said the thieves had somehow opened a bike lock on the gate from Elizabeth Street. “We heard the dogs barking late at night but didn’t think anything of it,” he said.
“When I went out in the morning I noticed the gate slightly open and, when Carmel asked if I’d noticed the scooter missing, I realised that was why [the dogs were barking].”
The thieves also took the charger for the scooter, which will sadly make life even harder for Ms Cuthbertson, who is suffering from cancer. The scooter will probably cost about $5000 to replace.
“She needs it to get around,” Mr Cuthbertson said. “Those low-lifes certainly wrecked her Mother’s Day.”
Unlike the culprits who took the scooter, the Cuthbertsons are givers – not takers. Mr Cuthbertson has manned the rescue radio for Volunteer Marine Rescue at Western Port for 50 years after serving in the Coast Guard and CFA. He retired from the Defence Force in 1991. Ms Cuthbertson has served in the CFA and SES for many years.
The scooter is an important part of their lives. “We will pay a reward for the scooter’s safe return,” he said.
Hastings police are investigating the theft. Anyone with information is urged to call them on 5970 7800 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.